MMA is mixed martial arts and is one of the fast growing sports around the world. It’s mix of various martial arts to develop and test a complete fighting style. The Ulimate Fighting Championship or UFC is the biggest MMA organization in the world.
The marital arts that are often involved are:
- Boxing – stand up striking with hands. (Punching is striking with a closed fist)
- Muay Thai – stand up striking with hands, elbows, feet and knees
- Wrestling – Take-downs, bringing an opponent to the ground, including lifts and slams
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Ground fighting and submissions (joint locks and chokes)
- Judo – Throws from clinches (when two fighters are standing but holding on to each other).
- Karate – Kicks
1. T/F: MMA began long before the UFC.
2. T/F: Greeks were the first to have organized Mixed Martial Arts competition.
3. T/F: Slamming to the mat means the wrestler took him to ground without punching him.
4. T/F: To submit a challenger means to enter your friend or student into a competition.
5. T/F: The longest fight in UFC history ended without a clear winner.
6. T/F: The fastest K.O. means the fastest a fighter was knocked out. TKO is a technical knock out, when the judge calls the fight. Extra Credit: Search google in English and see if Mike Tyson ever beat this record.
7. T/F/: the tallest fighter also has the longest reach (how far their arms can reach from their body).
8. T/F: The shortest fighter ever isn’t the same person who has the person who has the shortest reach.
9. T/F: The octagon is where the fight takes place.
10. T/F: Most UFC fighters are university graduates.
11. T/F: In Bas Rutten vs. Brian Urlacher, Bas tried to start a fight with the football player.
12. T/F: In Bas Rutten vs. Brian Urlacher, the Brian knew who Bas was when he refused his drink offer.
13. T/F: In Bas Rutten vs. Brian Urlacher, Bas was happy to go fight Brian outside.
14. T/F: In Bas Rutten vs. Brian Urlacher, the situation finished without a fight and the men were friendly.
Before the martial arts got mixed.
The First UFC was intended to answer the long running question which martial art is the best. Who would win karate or boxing, wrestling or jiu jitsu, sumo, or tae kwon do.
What do you think is most important for fighting and self-defense?
striking, grappling, realistic training, body conditioning.
Watch a 9 minute documentary on the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Keep in mind that the early competitions had fewer rules, there were no weight classes, no gloves or mouthguards we’re required, kicks to the groin, and hair pulling were legal. The only things that were illegal were biting and eye gouging.
According to the video what does the documentary’s view of:
The size of a person and ability to win a fight?
How important is it to be able to knock someone out?
How important is it to be able to fight on the ground?
What country does the dominant style come from?
What has changed in modern MMA since the beginning?
How real do you think the fighting is?
Is MMA more dangerous than boxing, hockey, rugby, or American football?